Photo Credit: Chattanooga Area Food Bank
Published March 29, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
Chattanooga, TN – The Chattanooga Area Food Bank has announced a reimagined online auction to raise funds and educate the community about food insecurity.
Dubbed HullaBOWLoo 2021, the auction is Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s signature fundraising event. Ticket sales and auction proceeds benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s work to eliminate hunger and promote better nutrition in the region.
Some featured auction items include a Tito’s Handmade Vodka-themed Fender Electric Guitar, a Fresh Water Pearl Tassel Necklace, Women’s Rayban polarized sunglasses, and a timeshare for a Beach Cottage in Watercolor, Florida.
Some featured experiences include: Chattanooga Football Club Annual Passes, a Top Golf event with up to 12 guests and a Tennessee Aquarium and Imax Experience for 6 guests.
Bidding Begins April 16th at 6 PM EST and lasts through April 25th. Bids on the items can be entered on the website.
Even though HullaBOWLoo was called off last year due to Pandemic concerns, the organization still had 5,221 volunteers that dedicated 32,847 hours.
They distributed 17,233,152 pounds of food and brought 323 mobile pantries into area communities.
The food bank currently distributes more than 1.5 million meals per month and has seen a 40 percent increase in food insecurity since the beginning of the pandemic.
In addition to monetary donations and the donation of auction items for HullaBOWLoo, the food bank states they are in urgent need of the following:
- Canned ready-to-eat meals (examples: ravioli, pork & beans, chili, beans and rice)
- Canned fruits and vegetables (examples: peaches, pears, green beans, corn, peas)
- Cereal (12-16 oz and individual sizes)
- Canned protein (beans, meats, chicken and fish)
- Family size mac & cheese dinner
Due to their buying power through their affiliation with Feeding America, Chattanooga Area Food Bank is able to leverage monetary donations to the degree of $1 to equal 4 meals and $25 to equal 100 meals.
They state that current Volunteer needs include sorting donations, making food boxes and food distribution at their warehouse, as well as distributing food at mobile pantries.
According to the food bank, 1 volunteer hour equals 92 meals.